Slovakian President, President Andrej Kiska confirms the death of Michal Kovac, the first President of Independent Slovakia after it separated from Czechoslovakia in 1993
Kovac who had been suffering from Parkinson's disease died on Wednesday at age 86.
President Andrej Kiska said:
"Kovac's presidency was a time when a ruthless and brutal fight was being fought for the character and future of Slovakia."
"He helped keep Slovakia on the path that eventually led to the European family of free nations and states."